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Re: [RC] Multi-day point to point? - Barbara McCrary

We've been to numerous point-to-point multi-day rides and we've always had
to find a crew.  I haven't an idea how else you would manage otherwise.
Without a crew, you are doomed to alternate days with your wife., except for
Death Valley ride, which offers someone to move your rig on a couple of days
for $30/day.  Point to point rides used to be the only format, and the
"pioneer" designation required the rides to be done on historic trails.
Ride managers soon found out that attendance wasn't good unless they
provided a base camp with loops in and out of camp daily.  Nowadays there is
little, if any, attempt to have multi-day rides on historic trails.  One
that my husband and I loved so much, the Applegate-Lassen, was discontinued
after about 8 years by the ride manager who couldn't solve the problem for
crewless riders.  Three years later, we reinstated the ride and tried for 4
years to keep it afloat.  Two of those years we had 20-24 riders, the other
two we had only 5 riders.  The last year we tried it, only 5 signed up.  We
cancelled and dropped it.  Such a pity.  What an experience to ride on the
same route as struggling pioneers in 1846!!!
As ride managers, we have never been able to find a source of rig movers.
Some people say, "get a bunch of teen-age Boy Scouts".  I wouldn't like that
much, as I think it requires experience to drive a 50' rig.  And the terrain
at many of these rides is not always easy.  Applegate-Lassen had some rough
stretches of country, mostly unpaved and not well-maintained road.

Barbara McCrary


----- Original Message -----
From: "David LeBlanc" <dleblanc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 4:04 PM
Subject: [RC] Multi-day point to point?


Something my wife and I were puzzling over last night was this problem -
say
you have a very large rig, (over 50' hooked up), and you didn't have a
ready
crew that could drive the rig. If you were going to do a point to point
under these circumstances, how would you manage it? Either one of us can
drive it, but we both want to ride (and people in hell want ice water,
too,
so...).

Completely theoretical at this point, but I figured some of you actually
have experience with this and might have some ideas on how and how not to
do
this.



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